SIR BASKERVILLE

Real Name: Sir Anthony Baskerville

Identity/Class: Human, magic user, British citizen

Occupation: English Nobleman (independently wealthy)

Group Membership: former member of an unnamed cabal of dark mystics

Affiliations: Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, Heinrich Krowler

Enemies: Morgana Blessing, Clea, Dr. Strange, Pamela Hawley, Howling Commandos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Baskerville Castle, along the British seacoast

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#135/2 (August, 1965)

Powers: Baskerville has a number of magical abilities. He is extensively read and has experience with many occult spells. He could form shields and project magical bolts. His abilities appear to have faded over time. In the modern era, he only demonstrated the ability to contact Mordo across great distances.

History: (Dr. Strange II#51(fb-BTS)) - Baskerville was a member of a cabal of dark mystics, who learned of the existence of Dormammu from Baron Mordo, the grandson of one of their members, Heinrich Krowler. They learned that the power of hate allowed them to summon Dormammu. To this end, they contacted the young Adolf Hitler and exposed him to their occult teachings. The cabal financed Hitler's rise to power in Germany, and his conquest and genecidal plots generated more and more hatred for their cabal. They smuggled a troop of nazi soldiers into England, and stationed them in Castle Baskerville. In addition, Baskerville and Krowler plotted with both the Dormammu of their era, and his future counterpart of the modern era.

(Dr. Strange II#50-51) - Dr. Strange journeyed back to 1943 in search of the missing Morgana Blessing. Based on advice from the modern era Dormammu, Baskerville and Krowler set a trap that allowed them to take possession of Strange's body shortly after his arrival in their era. Placing the spirit of Baron Mordo within the body of the timelost Morgana Blessing, they sought to sacrifice Pamela Hawley and Clea. Krowler (possessed by the modern era Dormammu) and Baskerville led the cabal in a ritual to summon Dormammu to Earth. However, with the aid Clea, Strange was able to generate strong feelings of love within those present, enough to disrupt the spell, and to banish Dormammu back to the modern era. Krowler was driven temporarily insane in the process, but Baskerville was only incapacitated.

 

 

(Strange Tales I#135(fb) -BTS) - Closer to the modern era, Baskerville became a disciple of Mordo until he suffered an injury which had cost him the use of his right hand. He had gone to the Ancient One for assistance, but had been told that his hand was beyond the power of magic to repair. Baron Mordo located and told Baskerville that he could fix Baskerville's hand if he would agree to serve him against Strange.

(Strange Tales I#135) - When Strange came seeking help in locating Eternity, Baskerville pretended to agree to help him, but then summoned Mordo. Mordo sent his Disciple after Strange, but both he and Baskerville were duped into attacking an image of Dr. Strange, and then a suit of armor animated by his Cloak. Catching them off guard, Strange knocked the Disciple, breaking his contact with Mordo. Strange then left Baskerville after learning he knew nothing about Eternity.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Steve Ditko.
Retconned/expanded by Roger Stern and Marshall Rogers.

Dr. Strange II#51 places Mordo's training with the Ancient One back before the start of World War II. That seems a bit of a stretch, but is within the realm of possibility. I guess Baskerville is supposed to have become a disciple of Mordo after Krowler went nuts, even though Baskerville already had powers, and...
...ahh, I don't know.

Pamela Hawley, the World War II love of Nick Fury, was almost an exact physical duplicate of Morgana Blessing, which is what drew the two of them together, and pulled Fury and his Howlers into the plot.

Thanks to Prime Eternal for pointing out the WWII stories that I had forgotten.

Clarifications: None


Appearances:
Strange Tales I#135/2 (August, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (plot/artist)
Doctor Strange II#50-51 (December, 1981-February, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Marshall Rogers (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)


Last updated: 08/02/02

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